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VIDEO: Rocket Range 1957

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In 1957 the British Government announced plans to build a Rocket Range on Benbecula - much to the dispproval of the local community.

A fascinating film, within the British Pathe film archive, was made about the opposition to the plan from islanders at the time and below are some stills from the film kindly provided by British Pathe.

The film features Fr John Morrison who led the community campaign against the plans which included calls for a public enquiry.

The footage shows the GV Benbecula aerodrome with name board in the foreground and an aeroplane in the background.

There are also shots of the construction of the hut for Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel and footage of life in the islands at the time.

To watch the film footage for free, visit www.britishpathe.com/video/rocket-plan-angers-islanders

 

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